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in the state of virginia, part of their constitutional guarantee to self-defense, but the deaths in connecticut have revived the debate about what kinds of weapons are needed for self- defense. many now want washington to come up with stricter laws about public access to guns. that would include a ban on semi-automatic weapons like the one used to kill people in newtown. >> i do not believe the second amendment covers them. the second amendment was written and a long time before this class of weapons was founded, merchandise, and spread all over our country. >> the national rifle association has broken its silence about last week's killings. in a statement, the nra says its members are shocked and saddened by the horrific and senseless murders. the powerful lobby has a press conference scheduled for friday, and some hope that it will accept stronger restrictions on the sale of assault weapons, but many gun owners think a ban is useless. >> my opinion is that is a natural knee-jerk reaction. we had an assault weapon ban in the pace -- in the past. that law expired and expired for a reason -- it
armed with a semiautomatic rifle gunned down 20 people in connecticut. meanwhile, the national rifle association has taken a hard- nce on the issue, calling for armed security guards in yev american school to protect students. >> the gun owner's organizatitin has proposed the establishment of a national school shield program, saying a bad guy with a gun can only be stopped by a good guy with a gun. the head of the inner raymond it clear that the nra opposes new gun laws. pro-gun control activists twice disrupted the press conference in washington. russian president vladimir putin has made sharp comments about a european energy law, saying it causes confusion and undermined trust. russia is the biggest exporter of energy to europe. >> putin was speaking in brussels, where he has been holding talks with eu leaders. his first visit after he was reelected. although russia and the you are close trading partners, there are various contentious issues which divide them. >> vladimir putin did not waste any time on arrival -- just a quick way that the cameras. outside, protesters clashed with
in connecticut. as has happened after other recent shooting sprees, sales of assault-style rifles have seen a spike in gun shops since the massacre. many buyers seem to fear the weapons will be banned and want to get one legally before hand. >> ceremonies have been held in several asian countries to remember the victims of the tsunami that struck several years ago. hundreds of thousands of people were killed in one of the biggest natural disasters in recent history. >> a powerful earthquake unleashed deadly waves across the indian ocean. thailand was one of the countries hit by the disaster. >> different faiths united in morning -- brutus, muslims, christians remembering those who died here in 2004. in thailand, the tsunami swept more than 5000 people to their deaths. many were tourists. along the coastline, people from dozens of countries parish. >> as we go farther away from the sorrow of what happened that day, we want to remember and let people know that the world can be one. >> the natural disaster struck with brutal force, leaving an equally staggering trail of destruction in its wake
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